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Villanova University Appoints Patrick G. Maggitti, PhD, as The Helen and William O'Toole Dean of the Villanova University School of Business

Patrick G. Maggitti, PhD

Villanova, Pa. – Villanova University President the Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD, today announced the appointment of Patrick G. Maggitti, PhD, as The Helen and William O'Toole Dean of the Villanova University School of Business (VSB), effective June 1, 2012. Widely recognized for his scholarship and teaching ability, Maggitti brings to his new role a breadth of experience both in the academic and corporate arenas. This appointment is the result of a rigorous national search led by a committee of faculty, administrators and students, with trustee participation.

“Dr. Patrick Maggitti is the ideal choice for this key leadership role at Villanova University,” said Fr. Donohue. “Dr. Maggitti brings a wealth of experience to his new position as Dean of the Villanova School of Business, including extraordinary vision and wide-ranging knowledge from his experience in both the academic and corporate worlds. He also has a deep commitment to our Augustinian mission and the values of service and community.”

“I am honored to be named Dean of the Business School at this vibrant time in Villanova’s history,” said Dr. Maggitti. “I consider myself fortunate to serve among such a strong, creative and talented group of faculty, staff, students and alumni, and I am excited to have this opportunity to work together to build and achieve even greater success for our institution.”

As Dean of Villanova University’s School of Business, Maggitti will serve as chief administrator of the School—which has approximately 2,500 students (undergraduate and graduate), 128 faculty, 50 staff members and an alumni body of nearly 30,000. He will oversee an annual budget of more than $25 million and lead VSB’s long-term strategic and academic planning, curricular initiatives, faculty research support, student services, fundraising, external relations and alumni services. Maggitti currently serves as the Carmen and Sharon Danella Director of the Center for Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship (ICE Center) at VSB, as well as Associate Professor of Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship.

“Dr. Maggitti is dedicated to cross-college collaboration and interdisciplinary learning, demonstrated by his continued efforts to instill an entrepreneurial way of thinking more deeply into our entire University culture,” added Fr. Donohue. “His energy, creativity, integrity, inclusiveness and collaborative style have made him exceptionally successful and the ideal leader to guide VSB to new levels of excellence.”

Maggitti has helped build VSB’s ICE Center into an innovative driver of scholastic, educational and professional development opportunities across the University. By supporting academic courses, programs and scholarly research, the center fosters cross-college learning in the areas of creativity, entrepreneurship and innovation.

Maggitti has authored numerous publications for top management journals such as the Academy of Management Journal, Research Policy and the Journal of Management Studies. In 2011, he received the Villanova University “Outstanding Teaching Award” for faculty with fewer than seven years of service and, in 2004, was the recipient of the “Allen J. Krowe Award for Excellence in Teaching” from the R.H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland. His research interests focus on dynamic processes, including strategy, innovation, entrepreneurship, decision-making, search behavior, and market and non-market based competition.

Prior to academia, Maggitti spent nearly 15 years in the steel and mining industries, where he founded two successful companies and held a variety of roles, including chief executive officer, director of national sales and board member. He has also consulted with a variety of international organizations on numerous facets of strategy and entrepreneurial thinking. Maggitti is dedicated to community service and currently is the Radnor Township Board of Commissioners’ appointee on the Radnor Memorial Library Board of Trustees.

Maggitti received his PhD in strategic management from the University of Maryland, College Park; an MBA with high honors from the Johns Hopkins University; and a BS in chemistry from Saint Joseph’s University.

The Villanova School of Business (VSB) is ranked #13 in the nation by Bloomberg Businessweek and has been at the forefront of business education since it was founded in 1922. Serving over 2,500 undergraduate and graduate students, VSB is home to six Centers of Excellence (Center for Business Analytics, Center for Global Leadership, Center for Marketing & Public Policy Research, Center for the Study of Church Management, the Daniel M. DiLella Center for Real Estate, and the Center for Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship (ICE) Center) with each center designed to foster innovative, cross-disciplinary research and teaching opportunities for business faculty. VSB is known for academic rigor; creativity and innovation; hands-on and service learning opportunities; a firm grounding in ethics; and an applied education that prepares students to become outstanding leaders and global citizens within the ever-changing, complex, and fast-paced world of business.

About Villanova University: Since 1842, Villanova University’s Augustinian Catholic intellectual tradition has been the cornerstone of an academic community in which students learn to think critically, act compassionately and succeed while serving others. There are more than 10,000 undergraduate, graduate and law students in the University's five colleges – the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Villanova School of Business, the College of Engineering, the College of Nursing and the Villanova University School of Law. As students grow intellectually, Villanova prepares them to become ethical leaders who create positive change everywhere life takes them.